Archive for the ‘pregnancy’ Category

“Gestation: the period of development in the uterus from conception until birth” – Oxford English Dictionary “It could happen from any time now!” – everyone The midwife has come to the house and is listening to the baby’s heart. Through the monitor it sounds like this: wow-wow-wow-wow-wow-wow-wow-wow, and I do not know if I will […]

It’s freezing and dark and we’re all sick of it: thank goodness for other lives in the dead of winter. I’ve just finished reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, which has paragraphs like: When the ceremony was over we drove to the lodge at Pebble Beach. There were little things to eat, champagne, […]

The Bridge


I am 13 weeks pregnant, it is winter, it has been the strangest three months of my life. Winter is always partly like being asleep. When I look back at the last weeks, I think I was there, I can remember most of it, but it feels more like someone else is describing it to […]